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Star Swimmer Drowns During Lifeguard Test on Cape Cod

Jack Jakubek, 22, was a star swimmer at the State University of New York-Cortland

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    Lifeguard Drowns in Cape Cod Pond

    A 22-year-old man drowned in Pilgrim Pond in Orleans, Massachusetts, authorities confirm. (Published Saturday, May 28, 2016)

    A record-setting college swimmer drowned during a lifeguard fitness test on Cape Cod over Memorial Day weekend, authorities said.

    Jack Jakubek, 22, of Newburgh, New York, was reported missing shortly before 9 a.m. Saturday at Pilgrim Lake, a pond in Orleans, Massachusetts, according to state police and fire officials.

    Rescue divers pulled him, unconscious, from the water. His fellow lifeguards tried to revive him, but Jakubek was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at Cape Cod Hospital.

    Jakubek had recently graduated from the State University of New York-Cortland and was a record-setting member of the swim team. He was set to serve as an assistant coach next season while pursuing his master's degree, school officials said.

    "Jack was an outstanding athlete, but he was even more remarkable as a person," head coach Brian Tobin said in a statement posted on the university's Facebook page. "His loss is devastating to the Red Dragon swimming and diving family, the SUNY Cortland community and beyond."

    State police detectives assigned to the Cape and Islands district attorney's office are investigating Jakubek's death.